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July 29, Igor
Yakovlevich Krutoy, a devoted fan and author of the FC Shakhtar
(soccer team) anthem marked his 57th birthday. A Russian composer,
performer, producer and musical promoter Krutoy was in the news
this March, because the composer made a record purchase of a $48
million condo at the Plaza hotel -- the highest price ever paid
for a single condo unit in New York. Krutoy who was awarded the
Lenin Komsomol Prize in 1989, is head of ARS and owns 25% of Muz-TV
(plays Russian pop music videos). Since 2002 ARS also organizes
the New Wave (competition) for young performers of popular music
with Raimonds Pauls and Alla Pugacheva. As a management agency ARS
has signed artists such as Sopho
Khalvashi. He and his wife also bought a little beach house
($12.85 million) in the Hamptons.
Eno's 77 Million Paintings at Moogfest Brian Eno's remarkable
Million Paintings work will be at Moogfest
2011--a 3-day, multi-venue event held in Asheville, NC October 28
- 30. Asheville is the place Bob Moog called home for the last 30
years of his life. The exhibition opens on October 28, the first
day of Moogfest 2011. Eno's previous exhibitions included installations
at the Venice Biennale, the Milan Triennale, and the Sydney
Opera House. The exhibition will continue beyond the festival
weekend until November 30, 2011. During Moogfest weekend the exhibition
will only be open to Moogfest pass holders but will be open to the
general public starting November 2, 2011. Eno talks about how generative
art creates a different experience for each viewer.
Artist generally make and present definitive work. In this case,
as much as Eno has chosen the input, the viewer sees the art in
a unique combination of ways. Moogfest is the annual event that
honors the remarkable vision of Robert Moog and his amazing musical
inventions that changed the course of music. 77
Million Paintings will be at the YMI Cultural Center, a National
Historic Landmark in the heart of downtown Asheville.
Oh-So-Suave DJ Tony
is best known as resident DJ of The
Ellen DeGeneres Show, but he's also highly in-demand for trendy
parties from coast to coast. London-born Okungbowa's acting roles
include guest spots on The X-Files, NYPD Blue and Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit. Okungbowa also DJ'd the 2004 Grammy Awards.
DeGeneress sidekick "Deejay Tony," executive produced
and acted in the film Restless City which had its debut at the Sundance
Film Festival in 2011. His electric charisma and great taste in
music developed a huge following, resulting in the release of his
Sessions Volume 1. The album is a compilation of some of Tony's
favorite songs to fit different moods and occasions. The album was
inspired by an overwhelming queue of requests from fans of The Ellen
DeGeneres Show for songs that Tony recommends.
BROS Artist Lounge
A credited blues producer once told me, blues artists need time
to reach their peak. Somehow, life experiences are suppose to add
to one's gritty, guttural howls. If this is true, then the 27-year
old Gary Clark
Jr must be hitting the stratosphere when he's middle aged. A
multifaceted performer, Gary plays guitar, harmonica, bass and drums.
He's what's known as a triple threat - singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
The Austin native is now getting worldwide attention and support
from his label, WB who has thankfully released a four-song EP, Bright
Lights, produced by Rob Cavallo. I heard the opening track, "Bright
Lights," a month ago and had no trouble recognizing it on KCRW
last Sunday. Gary's laid back vocals and fluid playing (Rolling
Stones calls it: nasty, fat-assed electric-guitar tone) is hard
to forget. Above all, he's not rushing. There's an old soul in this
young man. Old soul or a convincing actor (Clark starred alongside
Danny Glover, Stacy Keach, and Charles Dutton in John Sayles' 2007
film, Honey dripper). Either way, you're going to remember this
name like the lyrics say in the catchy opening song: Bright Lights:
"You gonna know my name by the end of the night." "Don't
Owe You A Thang" conjures up classic blues influences such
as Robert Johnson. The traditional shuffle style is updated somehow.
"Things Are Changin'" (Live) showcase Gary's R&B and
soul roots and his solid acoustic set delivery. "When My Train
Pulls In" (Live) the solo acoustic version, showcases Gary's
fancy finger work. There's a plenty of psychedelic influences and
comparisons to Jimi Hendrix. However, Gary is an original who has
no trouble paying his dues.
He's been playing guitar since age seven. It helps to be mentored
by some world class players including Jimmie Vaughan. He has won
the Austin Music Award for Best Blues and Electric Guitarist on
three separate occasions. The Crossroads Guitar Festival, the brainchild
of Eric Clapton, showcased his talents. Rarely do up and coming
artists get a spot on the CGF roster, but Clapton made an exception
in 2010 when he asked Gary Clark Jr. to play. That speaks volumes.
Meantime, fans in Brazil and New York are in for a treat this October,
as Gary is on the road playing at select cities. A full-CD is expected
in early 2012. We can't wait!
Hot Chili Peppers
I'm With You
August 30, 2011
Chilis reborn? Perhaps. Matured, for sure. According to Flea, "life
and death is a major theme of the album. British artist, Damien
Hirst designed the album cover art. According to Anthony: "It's
an image. It's art. Iconic. We didn't give it its meaning but it's
clearly open to interpretation." Flea's 22-year-old daughter,
photography is featured in the album artwork. Early promotion posters
Braninwash's work. I'm With You was produced by
Rick Rubin, who has produced the band's previous five albums. Dana
Nielsen is credited for programming, sequencing & editing.
This is the band's first studio album to feature guitarist Josh
Klinghoffer, following the departure of John Frusciante in 2009,
and is their first since Stadium Arcadium. Flea says the three main
things he was listening to during the creation of the album were:
1. Underground kind of avant-garde electronic music
2. The Rolling Stones 3. Johann Sebastian Bach. Chad says he was
listening to his wifes heartbeat through her beautiful large
breast. Smith added, It was very inspiring to me.
You can count on solid delivery from the boys, as usual. Anthony's
vocals are soulful and intimate; Chad's solid drumming and Flea
steals the show not just on his bass but also playing the piano
on "Even You Brutus?" and "Happiness loves company."
"The album's first single, "The Adventures of Rain Dance
Maggie" was released to radio on July 15, 2011, three days
earlier than expected due to the single leaking. The second single,
"Monarchy of Roses" is expected to be released November
The recording sessions took place from September 2010 to March 2011.
According to Rubin, the band recorded enough material to release
a second double album, following Stadium Arcadium (2006), but ultimately
decided not to. Rubin notes, "It was painful not to share all
of the material that we had, but we felt it would be too much. We
really wanted it to be twelve songs but it ended up being fourteen."
Regarding the band's decision to work with Rubin once again, Chad
Smith stated, " He's been working with us for twenty years.
We feel that he's the fifth Chili Pepper. He's someone that we love
and trust." Album opener, "Monarchy of Roses", which
is a darker song and a mixture of funk and pop was written and recorded
under the working title, "Disco Sabbath". Other songs
like "Did I Let You Know" focus on social commentary about
the planet while "Police Station" is a slow, emotional
piece of music that details the history of the L.A. police from
the turn of the century, to their abuse of power, the LA race riots
and views on the hip hop culture. "Dance, Dance, Dance"
has been described as the most atmospheric song on the album.
The official tour kick off was in Colombia on September 11, 2011.
Following the Latin American leg, the first European leg of the
tour is expected to last until December. The 2011 Simon Cowell reality
show, The X-Factor is currently using "Look Around" as
a theme to their latest commericals. Multi-platinum
Chili Peppers' tenth studio album, I'm With You, on Warner Bros.
Records was recorded at East
West In Los Angeles and Shangri-la in Malibu, CA (same studios
in which the band recorded Californication).
An extended Hiatus doesn't seem to phase a fan who writes: "I
could simply not wait to wrap my ears around it."
Nominations For the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards
And Official Poster Unveiled www.latingrammy.com
were announced on September 14 at a press conference attended by
studioexrpesso and other media - national and international - at
the Avalon in Hollywood, Calif. Artists reading nominations included:
Lena Burke and Jorge Villamizar of Latin pop trio Alex, Jorge Y
Lena; urban/hip-hop duo Calle 13; Latin GRAMMY-winning producer
Desmond Child; singer/songwriter Myriam Hernández; pop singer
Merche; Norteño band Los Tucanes de Tijuana; Latin pop singer
Reyli; and Ángel Mosqueda and Rodrigo Guardiola of alternative
rock band Zoé. "It is always encouraging to see creative
professionals acknowledging their peers and highlighting a varied
and wide-ranging group of Latin music makers that reflects emerging
talent as well as established artists. We're looking forward to
presenting another great telecast," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr.,
President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy.
Calle 13 leads with a record 10 noms. Producer/Engineer Rafa
Arcaute garners six nods; franco De Vita receives five noms; and
Marco Antonio Solis has four; Pablo Alboran, Desmond Child, Paquito
D'Rivera, Sebastian Krys, Mana, Ricky Martin, Joan Sebastian, Shakira,
and Zoe each garnered three nominations; Alex, Jorge Y Lena, Aureo
Baqueiro; Ruben Blades; Gustavo Borner; Claudia Brant; David Cabrea;
Doctor Krapula; Don Moar; paula Fernandes; Alejandra Guzman; Il
Volo; La Vida Boheme; Los Tigres Del Norte; Pitbull; Sie7e; Caetano
Veloso; and Sisin Y Yandel among those with two nods each.
Congrats to Nominees for our favorite categories:
Best Engineered Album: Gian Marco - Días Nuevos (Engineers:
Rafo Arbulú, Carlos
Castro, Humberto Gatica, Guillermo Memo Gil, Allan
Leschhorn, Cristian Robles, Andrés Saavedra and Rodolfo Vázquez;
Mastering engineer: Bernie Grundman) Carlinhos Brown - Diminuto
(Engineers: Valter Costa, Beto Neves, Flávio Sena, Alê
Siqueira, Flávio Souza and William Jr; Mastering engineer:
Carlos Freitas) Maná - Drama y Luz (Engineers: Benny
Faccone and Thom Russo; Mastering engineer: Tom Baker) Edwin
Bonilla - Homenaje a Los Rumberos (Engineers: Ricky Campanelli and
Juan Cristóbal Losada; Mastering engineer: Juan Cristóbal
Losada) Claudia Brant - Manuscrito (Engineers: Moogie Canazio and
Haenel; Mastering engineer: Ron Mc Master) Producer of the
Year Rafael Arcaute and Calle 13; Aureo Baqueiro; Desmond Child";
Isidro Infante; Gustavo Santaolalla.
The commissioned artwork (above middle) for the 12th Annual Latin
GRAMMY® Awards is by Miguel
Paredes . It was unveiled during the press conference. "The
combination of Paredes' trend-forward techniques and pop art style
creates a visually stunning use of colors interwoven with a complexity
of graphic imagery that culminates in a creative array centered
against Latin music's most prestigious award," said Gabriel
Abaroa Jr.,President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. Paredes
is the owner of Miguel Paredes Fine Art Gallery in Miami and has
received simultaneous proclamations from the city of Miami Beach
and the Village of Pinecrest honoring his support of historic preservation,
citywide devotion and positive community impact. The
12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Nov. 10 at the Mandalay
Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, will be broadcast live on the Univision
Network from 8 - 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).
A Heart : Donate Today and
Support MusiCares with Your Photo
& Message The
fundraising campaign is aimed at the public to create the world's
largest photo mosaic comprised of 1 million photo tiles. According
to president/CEO, Neil Portnow, Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, Martina
McBride, Rascal Flatts, Pete Stump, and Taylor Swift are among celebs
who have already uploaded their photos. MusiCares continue to provide
a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of
need. Established by The Recording Academy in 1989, MusiCares' services
and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal
emergencies. Participants can visit
www.beapartoftheheart.com and make a contribution of $1 or more
to receive an online tile, upload a photo and include their stories
and links to websites and social media platforms. When you donate
and upload your photo to the MusiCares mosaic, youll be giving
to a good cause and you can share how music has given back to you.
In related news and in celebration of MusiCares' 20th anniversary,
artists including Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, "Glee"
Live! In Concert!, Josh Groban, Ray LaMontagne, Tim McGraw, Rascal
Flatts, Darius Rucker, Taylor Swift, and James Taylor are teaming
up with Tickets-for-Charity while on tour to offer fans access to
great concert seats to benefit MusiCares. Fans will have access
to some of the best seats in the house, including sold-out dates
nationwide, by purchasing tickets at www.ticketsforcharity.com/MusiCares20.
studioexpresso community participation is growing. So far:
Rafa Sardina, Brent
Fischer and Clare Fischer, and yours truly!
Please send us a note when you sign up so we can add your name to
the guest list for our November reception (tbd).
Fourteen-time Grammy® winner Paul
McCartney to be honored as 2012 Musicares® Person of
the year. Annual Gala Benefiting the MusiCares Foundation and its
health and human services programs for music people will be held
Feb. 10, 2012, During GRAMMY® Week.
ballet With Peter and Paul. Paul McCartney's first original
orchestral score for dance, written for the New
York City Ballet 2011/2012 season opened this month. Choreographed
by company director Peter Martins for more than 40 dancers, it offers
brilliantly colored costumes by McCartney's designer daughter, Stella.
McCartney also devised the plot, which reads like a traditional
fairy tale, a love story with a young prince and princess from opposing
kingdoms of Earth and Ocean. Watch the epk
here. The recording will be released by Hear Music/Telarc and
is conducted by John Wilson, produced by John Fraser and performed
by The London Classical Orchestra. An hour long score featuring
four stunning movements - "Ocean's Kingdom," "Hall
of Dance," "Imprisonment" and "Moonrise."
Preview at Amazon here
George Harrison: Living in the Material World The GRAMMY
Museum, in cooperation with Estate of George
Harrison, will debut a major new exhibition, George Harrison:
Living in the Material World opening on October 11, 2011.
The exhibition will open the week following the broadcast premiere
of Martin Scorsese's documentary of the same name, showing on HBO
in two parts on October 5 and 6, and will be the first major museum
exhibition to explore the extraordinary life and career of 12-time
GRAMMY Award® winner George Harrison. According to Scorsese,
he was attracted to the project because " ...The more you're
in the material world, the more there is a tendency for a search
for serenity. "Watch trailer here.
Museum collection includes diverse artifacts, rare photographs and
footage, guitars used by George, handwritten lyrics, and stage outfits.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World will be on display
in The GRAMMY Museum's Special Exhibits Gallery through February
12, 2012. Grammy Museum: 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245,
Los Angeles, CA 90015
manager James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond, the alleged orchestrator
of 1994 Tupac Shooting, has been arrested and accused of being the
leader of a large-scale, bi-coastal narcotics trafficking
organization that shipped cocaine from Los Angeles to New
York, according to a 21-page federal complaint. The Rosemond Organization,
as his alleged network is called in the document, distributed
hundreds of kilograms of cocaine since 2008 and generated millions
of dollars through its narcotics sales. According to Rosemond's
lawyer, Jeffery Lichtman, Henchman and his defense team are ready.
"This indictment was built on the backs of witnesses that have
been threatened and bribed by federal prosecutors. And I plan to
expose all of it. If the government wants a fight, theyre
going to get a fight," says Lichtman. Rosemond who is CEO of
has ties to Interscope. Rosemond, is also credited with orchestrating
some 20 million records sold over the last decade with Czar co-founder
and record producer Bryce Wilson (of R&B duo Groove Theory).
Czar who worked with various artist such as Timbaland, Aaliyah,
and Tank also managed boxers such as Andre Berto (WBC title), Hector
Camacho JR. According to Czar website, he's credited for transitioning
Tyson from boxing into entertainment. My motto is simple,
we take raw talent and clean it up and introduce them to the world
says Rosemond. House cleaning and a boxing match to unfold.
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"Big Eyes" Smith
1936--September 16, 2011
"Big Eyes" Smith was
a versatile Chicago bluesman playing alongside Pinetop Perkins,
with whom he won his GRAMMY Award for Joined At The Hip at this
year's 53rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards. Willie heard Muddy Waters
and got hooked on the blues. One night in 1968 Willie decided to
go out and listen to Muddy again. Rediscovering his desire to play,
he asked to sit in with the band. The next day Muddy asked Willie
to join his band. Willie played in Muddy's band till 1980 and appears
on all of Muddy's Grammy-winning albums.
Jan 22, 1949 - Aug 23, 2011
Violinist and Conductor, Armen Garabedian was the music director
Valley Symphony orchestra in its 42nd Season.
A staple of the Los Angeles music scene, Armen was known and respected
for his musicianship and passion. "Our paths crossed when Armen
and brother Berj frequented studio sessions in Hollywood. Then again
we met in symphony circles. Armen was humble, talented and always
a gentleman. He gave generously to local youth causes and will be
missed by his beloved wife, Svetlana, family and friends,"
says Claris Dodge of studioexpresso. One of Armen's memorable performances
was Brahms concerto in 79 with conductor Sidney Rothstine, assistant
to Robert LaMarchina (great musician and cellist).
A memorial service was held on Aug. 29, 7 PM at Liberty Hall, Forest
Lawn, Hollywood Hills. NVS played for the celebration of his life.
this tribute to Armen.
July 20, 1953 --September 22, 2011
A concert touring veteran (Black Sabbath, Saxon and a solo Ozzy
Osbourneand) Moray McMillin was sound engineer on tour with Whitesnake,
Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Public
Image Ltd, and Suzanne Vega. Perhaps the biggest assignment on nine
years of touring with Deep Purple was the 1999 Jon Lord-led gig
that he engineered with the London Symphony Orchestra in the Royal
Albert Hall, conducted by Paul Mann. He was very involved in Dios
funeral arrangements, including a live concert by Queensrche in
the cemetery in front of 1200 fans last year in Los Angeles. Moray
is survived by his wife Antonella and two sons. In lieu of flowers,
the family has asked that donations be sent to: The Hospice of Saint
Francis Spring Garden Lane, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 3GW. http://www.stfrancis.org.uk
. Funeral arrangements are as follows: Wednesday, September 28,
2:30 pm The Church of St. Nicholas Church Green Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
Palomar Transient Factory
May all your
music explode like this new
supernova, scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
in California discovered last month and are calling it PTF 11kly.
Now only if they could come up with a sexier name like Lucille!
We'll enter your suggestions
into a drawing and come up with an equally deserving prize.
Peter Nugent giving directions on how to find this super bright
Nova in the skies near the Big Dipper, a mere 21 million light-years
away from Earth.
Closer to earth,
these love birds are now Mr & Mrs.
Congratulations to Tina and Clark
Germain who wed on September 10, 2011 in Napa Valley, California.
to music producer Mark Ronson and model-actress Josephine de la
Baume who were married on September 5 in the South of France. Ronson,
who is brother to DJ Samantha Ronson and designer Charlotte Ronson,
began dating De la Baume in 2009
History Of Music In A Visual Way!
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-- George Harrison